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Mainak, new genre director of middle cinema

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Kolkata, July 3 (UNI) After 'The Bong Connection', it's the relation between a mother and daughter that young editor and director Mainak Bhaumik is depicting in his next movie '18'.

Mainak, an NRI born and brought up in New York, started his career in India with his directorial debut, 'Aamra' last year.

Talking to UNI here today Mainak shared his experiences of making the new genre movies of, by and for the generation next.

''I love my country and Kolkata. Being a Bengali, I always have the fascination for this city,'' Mainak said adding that he wanted to make movies with 'essence'.

Asked about his project, '18', Mainak said the movie was all about the relationship between a divorced woman and her 18-year-old daughter.

''It is a very ordinary story that many people will relate to.

It's the story of a mother-daughter relation and the emotional stress they go through,'' Mainak added.

The estimated budget of the film is about Rs 50-60 lakhs, yet another low budget movie or as they call the 'middle cinema'. The movie would start by October and would be released next year.

''The crew is same as the Bong Connection, with Neel Dutt as the music director but there would be a slight change in the cast,'' he stated.

''With Neel at the music, it would be definitely a fusion one,'' he said. The film, a trilingual, in English, Bengali and Hindi, would be a emotional flick that shows the state of existence.

''Aamra was a sex comedy showing the new breed obsessed with sex.

They are in no hurry to settle down and get married. They love the excitement of dating and pursuit of a perfect lover, but '18' is different, its more on a serious kind,'' Mainak added.

Mainak started his career winning an international award for a short film 'His Life - Her Story', at Florida Film Festival in 1998.

In 2005, he won his second international award for a documentary 'Gone to Pat', in Washington DC at the Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.

Shuttling between New York and Kolkata, 27-year-old Mainak had edited the 'Bong Connection'.

'' Editing and directing films are different. Editing is more difficult, yet exciting,'' Mainak feels adding ''but the entire movie depends on how good it is edited. Direction is fun.'' Talking about Indian film directors, he said Nagesh Kukkunoor is one of the new age directors representing new genre cinema.

Mainak dreams to venture into the bollywood soon.

UNI

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